Evidence of rising sea level
Evidence of rising sea level: Coastal erosion and plant community changes
This Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations “virtual field trip” examines the causes and effects of changes in sea level, both short-term (as a result of storms) and long-term (as a result of climate change). Photographs from barrier islands and Carteret County’s Down East peninsula show how rising sea levels lead to changes in plant communities, as dunes and salt marshes are eroded and salt marsh invades maritime forest and pine woods. You’ll also see the impact of rising sea level on the built human environment.